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Thirteen sons, no daughters, no reality TV shows

Thirteen sons, no daughters, no reality TV shows

| Christina Capecchi | December 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

The wedding that Tyler Schwandt and his fiancée are planning could’ve been broadcast on national TV. But he’s perfectly content with a quieter, more intimate wedding Mass.

The 23-year-old Catholic from Rockford, Michigan, has the distinction of being the firstborn of 13 boys, the family whose improbable boy streak went viral with the 12th pregnancy and generated another round of stories when a 13th son arrived in May.

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The season to be grateful

The season to be grateful

| Father William J. Byron SJ | November 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

This is the thanks-saying, thanks-doing, thanksgiving season. It begins in late November and runs through Christmas. In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is a secular feast, although many religious congregations mark it with special services and prayers.

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Acknowledging the Catholic ‘man-crisis’

Acknowledging the Catholic ‘man-crisis’

| Matthew James Christoff | November 19, 2015 | 2 Comments

This week we begin “Catholic Watchmen,” a new monthly column focusing on Catholic laymen.

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Daniel and the great unveiling

Daniel and the great unveiling

| Bishop Robert Barron | November 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Toward the end of the liturgical year, we Catholics hear at Mass from the mysterious, often confounding and utterly fascinating book of Daniel. Recent scholarship has demonstrated that the book of Daniel had an extraordinarily powerful influence on the first Christians, providing them a most important template for understanding the significance of Jesus. Daniel is, of course, an example of apocalyptic literature, which in the common understanding means that it has to do with the end of the world.

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Parents and sex ed: Duty cannot be delegated

Parents and sex ed: Duty cannot be delegated

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | November 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

While some parents might be happy to avoid the awkward conversations that arise around human sexuality by allowing the school system to provide their children’s sex education, it is nonetheless important for parents to recognize that they are the most significant teachers and models for their own children as they mature sexually.

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Keeping the faith in tumultuous times

Keeping the faith in tumultuous times

| November 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

With the Nov. 6 release of the new movie “Spotlight” — a film that centers on the investigation by the Boston Globe that brought the clergy sexual abuse scandal out into the open in 2002 — the curtain is raised yet again on a tragic piece of history in the U.S. Church.

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Can a mother forget her child? Honoring birthmothers

Can a mother forget her child? Honoring birthmothers

| Gretchen Traylor | November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Birth mothers, or “first mothers,” often experienced the loss of belonging during their unexpected pregnancies and relinquishment of children for adoption. They were hurt to the core by shame and isolation, being forced to deny the truth, and not allowed to grieve the loss of their children.

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The heart of a vocation: sacrificial love

The heart of a vocation: sacrificial love

| Father David Blume | November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

On July 1, I began my new assignment as the director of vocations for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. After having spent many joy-filled years in parish life where I regularly lifted up all vocations, I am now specifically focusing on promoting vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. It is a great joy to do so.

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Ending political homelessness

Ending political homelessness

| Jason Adkins | November 4, 2015 | 1 Comment

For many Catholics, the most troubling aspect of the presidential campaign season is the feeling of political homelessness. Just when one of the candidates begins to sound sensible, something completely outrageous emerges out of his or her mouth. No single candidate seems to be addressing the many important policy questions of our day.

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Searching for peace with help from a sage

Searching for peace with help from a sage

| Christina Capecchi | November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

It is the book that somehow surfaces when you need it most — manna for the multi-tasker, solace for the stressed. It is the book you stock up on to give to others, to slip in Christmas stockings, to pay it forward. It is the book that spiritual directors recommend again and again: Father Jacques Philippe’s tiny paperback with the nondescript cover, the one that delivers everything its title promises: “Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart.”

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Pope’s message on mercy not indifference to sin

Pope’s message on mercy not indifference to sin

| Bishop Robert Barron | October 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Having just returned from a week covering Pope Francis’ triumphant journey to the United States, I can confidently tell you that the news media are in love with the Vicar of Christ.

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